I miss big family holidays. It was a little easier when we were in the UK because Craig's family was so concentrated in the area so we saw the vast majority of them either on Christmas or Boxing Day, but with mine so scattered...sigh. It makes me sad to think about it. Sure, I got to see my baby sister this summer, but it's been how many years since all of us were in the same room? I might get a small dose of it next fall, but that's very iffy. It's my aunt and uncle's 50th wedding anniversary in October 2016, and my cousin is planning a big bash. At the very least, I told her I'd fly in for the party, but if the timing sucks, it could very well be just me.
Which is another reason why I'm so glad we've got my FIL for Christmas. We lost my MIL so quickly, I want the kids to get to enjoy him as long as they possibly can. At least his health is excellent. He might be 70, but he acts like a younger man. Most of the time, lol.
Alicia's band has a bake sale during their concert next Tuesday, so I'm doing test runs on holiday baking ideas this weekend for items to take and sell there. The real trick, of course, is not to eat too much of what I make. ;)